Connecticut And Vermont Primaries, And Casino Security In Springfield

Aug 17, 2018

Primary elections were held this week in Connecticut and Vermont for several offices, including governor. In Vermont, Democrat Christine Hallquist became the first transgender person to win a major party's nomination for governor.

Hallquist beat three other candidates and moves on to November's general election, where she'll face Republican Governor Phil Scott. Scott also faced a challenger in the GOP primary. 

Meanwhile in Connecticut, Democrat Ned Lamont and Republican Bob Stefanowski won their respective primaries and will face each other in November. The winner will replace the outgoing Dannel Malloy. And there's already been some name calling going on in this race, with the barbs centered around President Trump and Malloy. 

There's just a week to go before the MGM Springfield casino opens for business. City and state officials say they have a plan to keep the casino and Springfield's downtown safe with the anticipated increase in traffic. Also, the state's gaming commission this week dealt MGM a rare setback. The casino operator wanted to use a certain kind of animation on a sign facing Interstate 91, but regulators feared that could end up distracting drivers. 

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